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Boy with Pitcher (La Régalade)

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Édouard Manet
French, 1832-1883

About this artwork

X-radiographs have revealed that this painting is a fragment of Les Gitanes, a large portrait of a gypsy family exhibited by Édouard Manet in 1863 and 1867. Apparently dissatisfied with his complex imitation of Spanish Baroque art, he cut the original painting into three sections and reconceived this portion as an individual work of art. The artist painted out part of the head of a female gypsy, replaced blue sky with a dark brown ground, and extensively reworked the figure of the boy. He then renamed the painting La Régalade, which means to pour liquid from a bottle down the throat without touching the lips.


On View, Gallery 222


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Édouard Manet


Boy with Pitcher (La Régalade)


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


61.8 × 54.3 cm (24 5/16 × 21 3/8 in.)

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Bequest of Katharine Dexter McCormick

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